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Mux Player for iOS

Learn how to use Mux Player SDK to play video delivered by Mux in your iOS or iPadOS application

Beta

This SDK is currently in private beta. If you encounter any issues please let us know by filing an issue on Github.

Install the SDK

Let's start by installing the SDK. We'll use the Swift Package Manager. Step-by-step guide on using Swift Package Manager in Xcode.

Open your applications project in Xcode. In the Xcode menu bar select File > Add Packages. In the top-right corner of the modal window that opens enter the SDK repository URL which is https://github.com/muxinc/mux-player-swift.

By default Xcode will fetch the latest version of the SDK available on the main branch. If you need a specific package version or to restrict the range of package versions used in your application, select a different Dependency Rule. Here's an overview of the different SPM Dependency Rules and their semantics.

Click on Add Package to begin resolving and downloading the SDK package. When completed, select your application target as the destination for the MuxPlayerSwift package product. To use the SDK in your application, import it's module: import MuxPlayerSwift.

Stream video from a Mux asset

We'd love to hear your feedback about our approach, shoot us a note at avplayer@mux.com with feature requests, API feedback, or just to let us know what you'd like to build.

Use MuxPlayerSwift to setup an AVPlayerViewController or AVPlayerLayer that can download and stream a Mux asset with only a playback ID. The SDK will also enable Mux Data monitoring to help you measure the performance and quality of your application's video experiences.

import AVFoundation
import AVKit
import MuxPlayerSwift
/// After you're done testing, you can check out this video out to learn more about video and players (as well as some philosophy)
let playbackID = "qxb01i6T202018GFS02vp9RIe01icTcDCjVzQpmaB00CUisJ4"
/// Prepare an AVPlayerViewController to stream and monitor a Mux asset
func preparePlayerViewController(
playbackID: String
) -> AVPlayerViewController {
let playerViewController = AVPlayerViewController(
playbackID: playbackID
)
return playerViewController
}
let examplePlayerViewController = preparePlayerViewController(playbackID: playbackID)
/// Prepare an AVPlayerLayer to stream and monitor a Mux asset
func preparePlayerLayer(
playbackID: String
) -> AVPlayerLayer {
let playerLayer = AVPlayerLayer(
playbackID: playbackID
)
return playerLayer
}

Your application can customize how Mux Video delivers video to the player using playback URL modifiers. A playback URL modifier is appended as a query parameter to a public playback URL. The MuxPlayerSwift exposes a type-safe Swift API that constructs these URLs.

import AVFoundation
import AVKit
import MuxPlayerSwift
/// After you're done testing, you can check out this video out to learn more about video and players (as well as some philosophy)
let playbackID = "qxb01i6T202018GFS02vp9RIe01icTcDCjVzQpmaB00CUisJ4"
/// Prepares a ready-for-display AVPlayer instance that will not exceed 720 x 1280 resolution
/// when streaming video
func preparePlayerViewController(
playbackID: String
) -> AVPlayerViewController {
let playbackOptions = PlaybackOptions(
maximumResolution: ResolutionTier.upTo720p
)
let playerViewController = AVPlayerViewController(
playbackID: playbackID,
playbackOptions: playbackOptions
)
return playerViewController
}
let examplePlayerViewController = preparePlayerViewController(playbackID: playbackID)

The example above delegated constructing the playback URL and appending playback modifiers to the SDK.

When using the AVPlayerViewController or AVPlayerLayer convenience initializers provided by the MuxPlayerSwift there are no required steps to enable Mux Data monitoring for video streamed from a Mux playback URL.

See the below section for more details and how to customize Mux Data monitoring.

AVPlayerLayer-backed views

If you're using UIView that is backed by an AVPlayerLayer to display video, MuxPlayerSwift exposes an API to setup an existing AVPlayerLayer for playback.

import AVFoundation
import UIKit
import MuxPlayerSwift
/// Prepare an already initialized AVPlayerLayer to stream and monitor a Mux asset
func preparePlayerLayer(
playbackID: String,
playerView: UIView
) {
// Check to make sure the player view backing
// layer is of the correct type and get a
// reference if it is
guard let playerLayer = playerView.layer as? AVPlayerLayer else {
print("Unexpected backing layer type!")
return
}
// Prepares the player layer to stream media
// and monitor playback with Data
playerLayer.prepare(
playbackID: playbackID
)
}

Your application can also customize playback or monitoring with Mux Data by using the same parameters as shown for the AVPlayerLayer initializers above.

Monitor media playback

By default Mux Data metrics will be populated in the same environment as your playback ID. Learn more about Mux Data metric definitions here.

Read on for additional (and optional) setup steps to modify or extend the information Mux Data tracks.

Use MonitoringOptions to set custom monitoring-related parameters.

If you're already using the Mux Data SDK for AVPlayer this initializer allows you to any of your existing logic for constructing MUXSDKCustomerData.

import AVKit
import MuxPlayerSwift
func preparePlayerViewController(
playbackID: String
) -> AVPlayerViewController {
let customEnvironmentKey = "ENV_KEY"
let playerData = MUXSDKCustomerPlayerData()
playerData.environmentKey = customEnvironmentKey
let videoData = = MUXSDKCustomerVideoData()
videoData.videoTitle = "Video Behind the Scenes"
videoData.videoSeries = "Video101"
let customerData = MUXSDKCustomerData()
customerData.playerData = playerData
customerData.videoData = videoData
let monitoringOptions = MonitoringOptions(
customerData: customerData
)
let playerViewController = AVPlayerViewController(
playbackID: playbackID,
monitoringOptions: monitoringOptions
)
return playerViewController
}

Stream video from a Mux asset securely

Mux Video supports playback access control. See here for more. The MuxPlayerSwift supports streaming with playback IDs that have a signed playback policy.

A signed playback policy enables playback URLs that need to include a valid JSON Web Token (JWT) in order to gain access. Your application should generate and sign the JWT in a trusted environment that you control like a server-side application. As a security measure any playback modifiers must be passed through the JWT as additional claims.

Once your application receives the JWT, use it to initialize PlaybackOptions. Then, initialize AVPlayerViewController or AVPlayerLayer as before.

import AVFoundation
import AVKit
import UIKit
import MuxPlayerSwift
/// Prepare an AVPlayerViewController to stream and monitor a Mux asset
/// with a playback ID that has a signed playback policy
func preparePlayerViewController(
playbackID: String,
playbackToken: String
) -> AVPlayerViewController {
let playbackOptions = PlaybackOptions(playbackToken: playbackToken)
let playerViewController = AVPlayerViewController(
playbackID: playbackID,
playbackOptions: playbackOptions
)
return playerViewController
}
/// Prepare an AVPlayerLayer to stream and monitor a Mux asset
/// with a playback ID that has a signed playback policy
func preparePlayerLayer(
playbackID: String,
playbackToken: String
) -> AVPlayerLayer {
let playbackOptions = PlaybackOptions(playbackToken: playbackToken)
let playerLayer = AVPlayerLayer(
playbackID: playbackID,
playbackOptions: playbackOptions
)
return playerLayer
}
/// Prepare an already initialized AVPlayerLayer to stream and monitor a Mux asset
/// with a playback ID that has a signed playback policy
func preparePlayerLayer(
playbackID: String,
playbackToken: String,
playerView: UIView
) {
let playbackOptions = PlaybackOptions(playbackToken: playbackToken)
// Check to make sure the player view backing
// layer is of the correct type and get a
// reference if it is
guard let playerLayer = playerView.layer as? AVPlayerLayer else {
print("Unexpected backing layer type!")
return
}
// Prepares the player layer to stream media
// and monitor playback with Data
playerLayer.prepare(
playbackID: playbackID,
playbackOptions: playbackOptions
)
}

If your JWT includes a playback restriction, Mux will not be able perform domain validation when the playback URL is loaded by AVPlayer because no referrer information is supplied.

To allow AVPlayer playback of referrer restricted assets set the allow_no_referrer boolean parameter to true when creating a playback restriction. Conversely, a playback restriction with allow_no_referrer to false will disallow AVPlayer playback. See here for more.

Customize playback

Restrict Resolution Range

Mux Video gives you extra control over the available resolutions of your video. MuxPlayerSwift exposes API that can adjust the maximum and minimum resolutions if they are available.

Setting a maximum resolution helps reduce delivery costs while setting a minimum resolution helps ensure visual quality of your video. Maximum and minimum resolutions can be set independently or composed together.

/// Prepare an AVPlayerViewController to stream a Mux asset
/// with a resolution range between 720p and 1080p
func preparePlayerViewController(
playbackID: String,
maximumResolution: MaxResolutionTier,
minimumResolution: MinResolutionTier
) -> AVPlayerViewController {
let playbackOptions = PlaybackOptions(
maximumResolutionTier: .upTo1080p,
minimumResolutionTier: .atLeast720p
)
let playerViewController = AVPlayerViewController(
playbackID: playbackID,
playbackOptions: playbackOptions
)
return playerViewController
}

Adjust Resolution Selection

The order in which available video resolutions are in can influence the resolution level a player ultimately selects, it can be customized by setting a RenditionOrder parameter when initializing playback.

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